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December 2008

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U.S. Army Spc. Terrance Apatang, left, and Sgt. Shane Schroder, center, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Owen, enjoy a cup of chai during a break while conducting a patrol in Ghazaliya, Iraq, Dec. 20, 2008. Apatang and Schroder are assigned to Black Foot Troop, 4th Squadron, 5th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and Owen is assigned to Joint Combat Camera Iraq. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Owen



U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jason Behler speaks to his soldiers via a two-way radio while searching for a known weapons trafficker in the Jihad community of southern Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 23, 2008. Behler and fellow soldiers are assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The soldiers conduct combined patrols with Iraqi Security Forces in efforts to eliminate criminals and stop weapons trafficking. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Hodge



An Iraqi army soldier speaks with an Iraqi citizen as U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Chris Miles, center, watches during a combined patrol in the Kadhamiyah District of northwest Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 27, 2008. Miles and fellow soldiers are assigned to 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Combined patrols are being conducted to provide security and enhance the relationship with local Iraqi citizens and Iraqi security forces. U.S. Army photo by Brian Tierce



U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alexandre Leseur confirms his measurement was at least 60 inches of ice before moving on to the next location in Fairbanks, Alaska, Dec. 23, 2008. Leseur is assigned to the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron range maintenance, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The ice bridge takes six to 10 weeks to complete in usually sub-zero weather. The ice bridge is a series of ice plateaus five-feet deep and 32 miles long. It is capable of supporting more than 110 tons. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Snyder



U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan Thompson maintains security during Operation Gunslinger Bonzai XXVI, a mission focused at identifying and removing illegal weapon caches in the Hussaniyah town of the Istaqlal Qada, Iraq, Dec. 22, 2008. Thompson and fellow soldiers are assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment "Wolfhounds," 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team "Warrior," 25th Infantry Division, attached to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. J.B. Jaco III



U.S. Air Force Maj. Anthony Deluca clears a pathway at an Alaska Long Period Array site, at a remote operating facility on the Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 16, 2008. Deluca is the commander, Detachment 460. The detachment monitors underground nuclear seismic activity and atmospheric nuclear radiation and collects ground samples for analysis. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Laura Max



The USS Boise submarine returns to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., at the end of a six-month deployment, Dec. 23, 2008. While deployed, the USS Boise participated in five anti-submarine warfare exercises with several European allies. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Todd A. Schaffer



U.S. Army scouts flush out a donkey while they rehearse battle drills on Combat Operations Base Adder, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2008. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens

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